They brought the colt to Jesus and threw their cloaks on it, and he sat on it. Many people spread their cloaks on the road, and others spread leafy branches that they had cut in the fields. Then those who went ahead and those who followed were shouting, “Hosanna! Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord!” Mark 11: 7-9
What a glorious day it must have been! Worshiped and glorified with celebration and singing by faithful friends and masses of adoring followers! With his triumphal entry into Jerusalem, Jesus fulfilled the ancient prophecies, establishing that he was indeed the Messiah, and setting in motion the drama for the week ahead.
Despite the prophecy, many of the people were waiting for a king of worldly power with pomp and might, rather than a poor and humble servant with a meek heart coming in poverty and riding on a donkey. Later in the week, the faith of even his most ardent followers would certainly be challenged as they struggled with events and their disappointment, even denying their faith in fear.
How often in our pain and struggles and worries with the world do we wonder why God would allow such things? How often do we fail as disciples who blindly accepted his calling to procure the colt? How often do we fail in service as his followers who offered and laid down their garments in his path? We certainly fail in fear to sing his praises in a loud voice to a corrupt and powerful world.
With the triumphal entry God proclaimed his kingdom, not of riches, might, nor power, but of humility, comfort, redemption, and forgiveness of our sins. But like the crowds, we grovel and worry in the misery, sin, and death of this world rather than trust in God’s word. Not even the disciples fully understood the significance of Jesus triumphal entry into Jerusalem. Let us remember the importance of recognizing Jesus as the King he is, not necessarily the king we desire.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, amid our struggles and the disappointments with this world, please make triumphal entries into each of our hearts, so that we can know and accept you on your terms, offer our garments in your service, and sing Hosannas to your glory every day. Hosanna to the living Lord! Amen.